Our Alaska bloggers, Olivia Sinaiko and Kiel Renick, reside in Juneau where they enjoy hiking, skiing, and kayaking in the great outdoors. The have decided to embark on a dream project. They are paddling around Southeast Alaska in a Necky Nootka Plus tandem kayak this summer, documenting their trip, hoping to explore this region's incredible natural resources, as well as the complex relationships between the conservation movement and the people who call this place home.
Olivia Sinaiko is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. She is an attorney, currently working as a legal fellow for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the region's pre-eminent grassroots conservation organization. She hopes that this trip will both feed her passion for conservation work, and enhance her understanding of the region, making her a stronger and more effective advocate.
Kiel Renick, also a Stanford University graduate, currently works at the Alaska Conservation Alliance as their Legislative Liaison. He advocates for prudent conservation-focused legislative action, leading a grass roots communication effort and carrying out public education campaigns. Designing sea kayaking trips for a non-profit in Belize and river guiding in Jackson Hole have honed his conservation ethic and will provide solid footing for this expedition--but there's no place in the world like Southeast Alaska, and Kiel is excited for the unknown challenges and beauty that lay before them.
Though they'll miss their cabin in the woods, they could not be more excited for the adventure that awaits.